Bill Bogart is University Professor and Professor of Law at the University of Windsor, as well as the author of Off the Street: Legalizing Drugs, which explores research-based drug policy. Bill is interested in the actual impact laws have on socioeconomic conditions. Over the last eight years, Bill has also written books on gambling and obesity and was struck how drugs have been not been subject to the same regulatory and educational approach as the other two. In this episode, he makes a case for the legalization of all recreational drugs while using medical supervision and education to reduce harm among users.
- Bill mentioned that there is no legal source of cocaine currently available. However, he wanted to note that this was a mistake and that there is still a legal supply of cocaine, specifically as a topical pain reliever. England legally accesses the drug for that purpose.
-Bill discusses how criminalization has not driven down drug use amoungst the population.
-The effectiveness of regulation and education in combating smoking.
-Moving away from criminalization and toward harm reduction.
-Addressing safe injection sites and why they're an indication of changing attitudes.
-How legalizing and regulating drugs will not only reduce crime but contribute to the economy.
-Moving away from abstinence-only drug education and toward discussing moderation and risk-assessment; "Permit, but discourage."
-How do we approach the legalization of party drugs such as cocaine?
-Differentiated between use and harmful use, and the important of introducing a social support system alongside legalization.
-Why the United States' drug policies could negatively impact Canada's changing ones.
"Shifting behavioural patterns... is a long, tough, complicated battle."
"Use and criminal sanctions are not very closely related."
"What is it in your life that you want to use heroin to try to blot it out?"
"The opioid crisis is forcing us in this emergency context to face drug usage."
"The silver lining of the very, very dark cloud of the opioid crisis is that we are actually moving to a context of legalization."
"If we legalize drugs, we confront the thugs!"
"I fear the notion that legalization will somehow become equated with approval."
"Anybody who thinks that capital punishment is going to solve this is from the dark side of the Moon."
Bill's homepage - http://www.wabogart.com/
Bill's Twitter handle - @wbogart2
Off the Street: Legalizing Drugs page at Dundurn - https://www.dundurn.com/books/Street
Official Say Know homepage - http://www.sayknow.org/
Canadian Research Initiative of Substance Misuse (CRISM) Prairies website - https://crismprairies.ca/
SayKnow.org Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/sayknoworg
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